College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2021-2022

Department of Politics and International Affairs

International Affairs, Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and participate in the political systems of the world.  This degree has an interdisciplinary global focus that will prepare students to take meaningful roles in our increasingly interconnected world.

This degree builds a strong foundation in the basic knowledge of the international political system, and enables them to use key concepts and analytical approaches from U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Politics and International relations.  This degree grounds students in a wide range of factors shaping the international system and international politics, including history, religion, culture, and language.

Building upon this fundamental knowledge, our curriculum ensures that students can define, design, and implement effective research projects in international political science.  In addition, they will be able to make clear and effective presentations of their work in writing and in public presentations.  Students will also leave this program ready to understand, and be able to meet, the expectations of professionalism and citizenship.  Students will also leave with an ability speak, read, and write in a second language.  They will develop a broad perspective on the experiences and realities of the entire international system.

Our goal is to train students to be active, engaged, and informed participants in the global system who cannot only understand the world around them but also shape and influence it.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Conceptual and Analytical:  Students should have a basic knowledge of the international political system, and be able to use key concepts and analytical approaches from U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, and International relations.  This degree grounds students in a wide range of factors shaping the international system and international politics, including history, religion, culture, and language.
    • Compare and contrast basic political and governmental structures, processes, and policies between western and non-western countries and apply this information to current issues.
    • Understand the history, structure, and operation of the international system and apply this to modern political systems and conflicts.
    • Identify the role and impact of the US in the international system and analyze ongoing political issues in light of this information.
    • Identify the principal arguments for and against alternative forms of government.
    • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human experience on a global scale.
    • Understand and apply forces shaping political outcomes such as history and culture to current events and issues.
  • Inquiry and Research:  Students should be able to define, design, and implement effective research projects in international political science.
    • Devise a basic research design.
    • Test hypotheses with basic empirical data.
    • Write the findings in a research report.
  • Communication:  Students should be able to make clear and effective demonstrations of their work in writing and in public presentations.
    • Students will demonstrate advanced writing skills and be able to summarize and explain scholarly political science articles.
    • Analyze and critique the material read /discussed.
    • Suggest and discuss alternative possibilities and outcomes.
    • Engage and interest the reader.
    • Speak in public settings.
    • Demonstrate an ability to apply the discussion to policy and “real world” applications.
    • Proficiency in and an ability to speak, read and write in a language other than English.
  • Professional and Citizenship:  Students should know, understand, and be able to meet the expectations of professionalism and citizenship.
    • Demonstrate professional behavior in terms of demeanor, personal presentation, ethics, and civic participation in experiential learning and classrooms settings.
    • Demonstrate the skills and ability to participate in global affairs.
    • Acquire the skills and knowledge base to understand the importance of and options for environmental sustainability and its tenuous relationship with economic development in local and global terms.
    • Critically reflect upon the nature and consequences of diversity (e.g. race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, culture, nation), and develop an understanding of how this diversity both alters and is altered in a world characterized by increasing global interaction.

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